Dynamo to host Bolton in Charities Cup

Third annual charity match to feature EPL club on July 20

The Houston Dynamo will take on English Premier League club
Bolton Wanderers in the third annual Dynamo Charities Cup on July 20 at
Robertson Stadium, the clubs announced today. Bolton,
currently eighth in the EPL standings, will be the first European team the
Dynamo have ever faced in an official friendly match. Ticket details for the match
will be announced at a later date, but Dynamo season ticket holders already
have reserved seats as part of their ticket package.

VIDEO: Monday's press conference

The Dynamo and Wanderers are connected by Houston
resident Stuart Holden, who played for the Dynamo from 2006-09 before joining Bolton early in 2010. Holden is currently out injured and
is currently unlikely to play in the July 20 match, but he spoke at Monday’s
press conference along with Dynamo president Chris Canetti and Dynamo head
coach Dominic Kinnear.

“We have a Dynamo Fan Advisory Board, and after Stuart got
hurt, we called them into action,” Canetti said. “Without a doubt, a majority
of our board said they wanted to see Bolton,
whether Stuart was playing or not. They’ve created a bond with Bolton because they’ve followed them since Stuart moved
over there.”

Bolton Wanderers were founded in 1874 and were founding
members of the Football League in 1888. The club recently reached the
semifinals of the prestigious FA Cup in England, a tournament it has won
four times in its history. The 2010-11 season marks the 10th consecutive year Bolton has competed in the English Premier League.

MORE: Bolton Wanderers 101

“We’re very excited and happy to play against a team from
the English Premier League,” Kinnear said. “Everybody knows more about Bolton since Stuart went over there, but also this is an
incredible season for them, and they also have great individual players. I
can’t wait for us to step on the field against this kind of international
competition.”

The Dynamo Charities Cup is an annual friendly match pitting
the Dynamo against an international opponent, with a portion of the match’s
proceeds donated to charity. In 2009, Houston
beat Mexican club Monterrey
2-1, with proceeds benefitting Dynamo Charities. Last year, the Dynamo beat
Aguila from El Salvador 4-0,
with proceeds benefitting victims of the oil spill in the Gulf
of Mexico.

“It’s great that both sides were able to work this out,
especially for such a great occasion, the Dynamo Charities Cup,” said Holden,
who was twice named the Dynamo’s Humanitarian of the Year. “It benefits Dynamo
Charities, which I’ve done work with in the past and which does so much work
around Houston
to benefit the community.”

MORE: Dynamo Charities Cup history

Currently tied for second place in the Eastern Conference,
the Houston Dynamo will face the Chicago Fire on the road on Saturday, April
23, before returning home for back-to-back home games on Friday, April 29, and
Wednesday, May 4. Ticket information is available by calling (713) 276-GOAL or
by logging on to HoustonDynamo.com.

The Houston Dynamo
are a Major League Soccer club that has won two MLS Cup championships in its
first five seasons and represented the United States in international
competition four consecutive years from 2007-10. For more information, log on
to www.HoustonDynamo.com or call (713) 276-7500.

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